Report demonstrates increase in the use of silver

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Intravenous literature: Infection Control Today report “Silver usage has grown exponentially in medicine and health-related products, notes The Silver Institute, which has been tracking its increased usage. The high efficiency of silver — its effective concentration is in parts per million or less, the difficulty microorganisms have in developing resistance to silver, and its long history of use as an antimicrobial are all highly positive factors for predicting increased growth in the use of products containing silver for healthcare, explained Michael DiRienzo, executive director of the Silver Institute. He says that silver’s use in hygiene and medicine is expected to reach more than 6 million ounces by 2015 — up from nearly 1 million ounces in 2010 — according to a recent Silver Institute report, “The Future of Silver Industrial Demand,” which represents a fivefold increase.

Silver usage and components were in wide display at the annual conference of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) in Baltimore last month. Its use in medicinal and hygiene are in a variety of forms, including silver sulfadiazine, silver chloride, silver sulfate and nano silver metallic particles.”

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